This historic hotel is a good option if you want to escape the touristy thing but still be close to the water and attractions like Kealakekua Bay and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Don't let the front TV room creep you out—you have not checked into an old folks' home. The place is authentic Old Hawaii, and the restaurant serves up great pork chops and island favorites. Dwight Manago—whose grandparents, Kinzo and Osame Manago, built the main building
in 1917—has maintained one Japanese-style room with tatami mats and a furo, a traditional Japanese bath, and this is the room to book. The other rooms are nothing special, but they're clean, and those in the newer wing have great views high above the Kona Coast.
May 12, 2004
At $75 a night, it cannot be beat. You are treated to a small but airy tatami room with an all-cotton futon. One one side of the wall is a floor to ceiling sliding shoji screen door that afford a vast review of the nature and ocean in the distant. In the corner is a small traditional Japanese dresser/mirror and the other wall is also a traditional Japenese shelf/closet (the English/Japanese introduction to Buddhism placed next to the Gideon Bible
is an elightening reading). Be sure to marvel at the "bumpy" wood post too. In a quick talk with Harold, the 80+ years old son of the original hotel proprietor I learned that everything in the room is imported from Japan. The soaker tub (furo) is also a nice touch. Unlike the other rooms, this room had a TV if that is important to you. Be sure to dine at the restaurant at the hotel which serves comfort food Hawaiian/Japanese style. For $8, the famous pork chop cannot be beat. While that may just be my personal opinion, a quick glance through the visitor's book proved that I am not the only one who loved the pork chops. Lastly, Kona potato chips is right next door. Watch how the chips are made and buy some of the most interesting kinds of chips not found elsewhere. Chips with seaweed, anyone?
Mar 2, 2003
Stayed here with a friend who liked to travel on the "cheap". Friendly, Japanese-owned motel and restaurant. Good for backpackers. The rooms in the tower are clean, but simple. The view from the balcony was tremendous! The garden and koi pond are small, but very interesting. The breakfast in the restaurant is great. Not real keen on the TV room (no TVs in the rooms), but met a few travelers there. Would stay there again because I dislike big
corporate-style hotels. Also, there was a great Japanese restaurant within walking distance.